Middle East 2020: fragility and opportunities

2019 has been a year in which  the Middle East experienced much chaos. The region remains drowned into a multiplicity of international and internal, sectarian and economic conflicts while its populations more and more loudly demand better governance, economic (including employment) prospects, and the end of foreign interventions, including from Iran and other countries in... Continue Reading →

A Hot Summer in the Middle East

June to August 2019 was a period of intense development across the Middle East, with significant changes in regional dynamics with increased Israeli operations against Iranian proxies throughout the region, renewed Syrian troops advances in Syria, and game changing events in Yemen. Regional – Israel strikes on Iranian proxies across the region Throughout the eight-year... Continue Reading →

Yemen – How will the UN save the Hodeidah agreement

This article has been published in French on the website lemonde-arabe.fr: https://lemonde-arabe.fr/06/02/2019/yemen-comment-lonu-sauvera-t-elle-laccord-dhodeida/ January 30th, Martin Griffiths is wrapping up his third trip of the month to Yemen and the United Nations Special Envoy is urging the country's warring sides again to withdraw their troops from the port city of Hodeidah, a lifeline for millions of... Continue Reading →

Yemen Road trip, from Sana’a to Taiz

“There were twenty-five million people in Yemen and at least thirteen million guns -- after the United States, it was, per capita the world's most armed nation. Men wore AKs walking down the street. They brought them to weddings.” ― Dave Eggers, The Monk of Mokha It is also a country of coffee, honey, poetry, amazing landscape...and... Continue Reading →

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